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by State of Louisiana
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A "literacy" test given to black voters in Louisiana in the early 60s.
Topics: voting, disenfranchisement, civil rights, voting rights
Community Audio
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Early blues recordings, from the 1920s-30s.
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Topics: delta blues, blues
Community Video
movies
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Obama's Moment of Opportunity speech: American Diplomacy in the Middle East & North Africa May 19th, 2011
Topics: obama, speech, middle east, north africa, diplomacy
Community Audio
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US President Barack Obama addresses Muslim students at Cairo University, June 4th, 2009, promising new beginnings in US-Muslim relations.
Topics: barack obama, cairo university, us-muslim relations
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by Barrack Obama
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Barack Obama's first State of the Union address.
Topics: obama, state of the union, 2010
The Video Cellar Collection
by The Warner Club
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These are most of the surviving Blooper reels produced by The Warner Club an organisation comprising Warner Bros Stars and Crew. These reels were produced most years and shown at their annual dinner to poke fun at the mistakes that had been made during that year's productions. Some of the people who appear Eddie Acuff, Eddie Albert, Mary Astor, Ralph Bellamy, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, George Brent, Sheila Bromley, James Cagney, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Gary Cooper, Bette...
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Topics: Bloopers, Gag Reel, Warner Bros, Stars
Short Format Films
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As thin on plot as you tend to expect early one-reel comedies to be, Mr. Flip is about as lean as you'll find. Director 'Bronco Billy' Anderson and actor Ben Turpin had some evolving to do and were in early experimental stages. Some trivia: In the final scene, Turpin receives what is generally believed to be the first "pie-in-the-face." IMDb entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236517/
Topics: silent, slapstick, ben turpin, gilbert anderson, pie-in-the-face
Short Format Films
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John Bunny was the first major comedic performer of cinema. His short, plump figure (he stood 5"4' and weighed over 300 lbs.) and round face were internationally recognized as he starred in 173 short comedies from 1909 to 1914. Yet, for all of the fame he enjoyed during his acting career, he was almost immediately forgotten following his death in 1915. In "A Cure for Pokeritis", George Brown (Bunny) is a compulsive gambler who promises his wife (Flora Finch) he will give up his...
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Topics: silent, comedy, john bunny, compulsive gambling
Silent Films
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An all-star Keystone cast, featuring Mabel Normand, Mack Sennet, Fatty Arbuckle, Ford Sterling and the Keystone Kops. After a brief love affair, Mack rejects his maid Mabel. She moves on after a nasty altercation. He later discovers she has become a star on the silver screen. IMDb entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0003104/
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Topics: silent, slapstick, keystone, mabel normand
Short Format Films
by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
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"Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton, arguably the greatest comedy team of their time, team up in a western comedy. Be warned, there is a scene in the middle that will offend some with its racist tone. This should not spoil the movie. The IMDb entry is at http://imdb.com/title/tt0009466/
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Topics: Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Silent, Comedy, Western
Silent Films
by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
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Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton team up as hotel bellhops. Some interesting props, including a horse-drawn elevator. Decent gags, culminating with a classic chase scene. The movie is not a classic, but it's typical Arbuckle and Keaton and a good illustration of the kind of comedy they did together. The IMDb entry is at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0008874/
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Topics: Arbuckle, Keaton, silent, comedy, slapstick
Silent Films
by D.W. Griffith
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In its time, "The Birth of a Nation" was a masterpiece. Its racist undertones and revisionism are quite disturbing, but it is still worth watching for its historical influence. IMDb entry: http://imdb.com/title/tt0004972/
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Topics: D.W. Griffith, The Clansman, Silent, pdmovies
Silent Films
by Bert Williams
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In 1916 the Biograph film company signed black comedian Bert Williams to write, produce, direct and star in two comedies. Williams created "A Natural Born Gambler" and "Fish." While hardly a breakthrough in shattering racial stereotypes (Williams was required by the studio to wear "darkie" makeup), a black production with a black cast was unprecedented. The response was tepid and Williams did not appear in any movies after Fish . Gambler borrows from Williams'...
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Topics: silent, comedy, slapstick, black history
Silent Films
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Silent comedy legends Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Mabel Normand at the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair Panama-Pacific Exposition. The theme of the expo was the newly built Panama Canal, and it also focused on San Francisco's newly rebuilt infrastructure following the earthquake of 1906. IMDb entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0005675/
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Topics: silent, documentary, san francisco, fatty arbuckle, mabel normand
Silent Films
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Long before teaming with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy starred with Billy Ruge in a series of comedies as "Plump and Runt." It was relatively short-lived, as they did 35 films together in 1915 and 1916, mainly one reels. It was the pinnacle of Ruge's career, and he disappeared from movies a few years later. Hardy moved on to bigger things (no pun intended). In this short, Plump receives an announcement of a coming visit by a rich uncle. He can't wait to meet the beautiful wife and...
Topics: silent, slapstick, plump and runt, billy ruge, oliver hardy